Leila turned One two Saturdays ago, on October 17. It has been one amazing and spectacular year! Seen above in her classic ankles-crossed pose, our little princess has won the hearts of many friends and family all around the world. However, she has won no other hearts more fiercely than her Mom and Dad’s. Each little trial, and each little joy are time well earned and spent as we have watched Leila grow and mature throughout her first year of life. How we love her…
We managed to create an international birthday party for Leila at my parent’s home in Holland, along with her Uncle Ben, Aunt Heather, and cousin Eleanor. I say international because we had a lively video conference with her Indian relatives who were all staying at her Uncle James’ house for the weekend. After singing Happy Birthday with them and eating lunch, we web-conferenced with Aunt Amy and Uncle Kyle in Seattle for a second round of Happy Birthday. Quite the delight, and very special to have the technology available to celebrate in worldwide fashion!
After Leila’s little-Big party, the three of us headed off to Wisconsin where JP spoke at one of our friend’s churches. It was good to see Pastor Bill and his wife, Amy, settled into their new church after graduating from seminary in May. We also got to spend time with other seminary friends, Terika and Nick. It was nice to be able to catch up over a delicious meal and a game of “Ticket to Ride.” Leila was proud to sit at the table with the adults and share her thoughts on world matters.
We have not been posting very often because we’ve been in the thick of travel and speaking season. JP just arrived back from a trip out to San Francisco yesterday, and that will be the last of the out-of-town travel (we think!) until we head back to India in January. We feel that the September and October travel was necessary, and rewarding, and blest, but it sure feels good to be home together for a couple of months. Through all of it, Leila has been a trooper, adjusting and adapting to the new places and the new people with amazing flexibility. We could sense the change in her, however, after we came home from Wisconsin and she recognized that she was home to stay. She seems to sleep and eat better, and her little monkey-smile comes out more regularly.
In honor of Leila’s Birthday, we’ve complied this pictorial growth chart for you to enjoy!!
How great is our God!
Thank you for this gift of a daughter, our little Leila Ruth.